Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Welcoming In 2015

I love this time of year. It's a time for baking, putting up the tree, getting out the menorah, and playing holiday music on the radio. I also play our traditional Christmas movies, which are the following:

Die Hard
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Silent Night, Deadly Night
Black Christmas
We're No Angels
Various incarnations of A Christmas Carol
Dead End

I haven't been writing much lately, but I have taken an assessment of my year. All in all, it was a good one.

It's good to take a yearly assessment to see if you reached your goals, or achieved ones you hadn't planned on. As my readers know, I write both erotic romances and dark fiction. I either published or saw accepted six short stories this year – three romances and three dark ones. I also succeeded in getting my first short story accepted by Cleis Press. I've been trying to get into Cleis for years, and I finally succeeded. Here's a list:

Dreadful Dissonance – dark fiction
Asphodel – dark fiction
Infection – dark fiction (antho coming in 2015)
Longing – erotic romance
Sleep Well, My Love – erotic m/m romance
Like A Breath Of Ocean Blue – erotic lesbian romance (this is the one accepted by Cleis Press. Will be published in 2015.)

Three of my novels are currently sitting at either publishers or agents waiting for an acceptance. Two are erotic romances and one is a family saga/thriller.

I didn't get into all the anthologies I had wanted to get into, but I'm satisfied with how I did. My goals for 2015 are to get at least six short stories published (either horror or romance, doesn't matter as long as I have a minimum of six), find homes for those novels, do more radio shows, and self-publish my new book of erotic fairy tales. I've already started finding guests for the radio shows. Two I'm hoping to snag would be fantastic guests, but I'll keep their names under wraps for now. That list doesn't sound like much, but it's actually more than enough. 

So that was my 2014. Many publishers are closed for submissions for the season, and I'm taking full advantage. There are a couple of anthology calls due by the end of January so I'll try to whip us something for them. Look for more fiction from me in 2015. 

How did you do in 2014? Did you meet your goals? What about 2015? What are you goals for the coming year? Do you make goals or do you prefer to wing it?

Happy holidays, everyone, and have a fantastic New Year.

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